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Looking for good Brunch buffet

sleepycat Nov 29, 2008 08:44 AM

Hello fellow CH!

I am looking for a good brunch either in Alberta. Especially in Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore or Banff.

DH has been hankering for a buffet.. not sure why maybe because it's winter.

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  1. sweeterpea RE: sleepycat Nov 29, 2008 03:43 PM

    For a treat we always hit the Banff Springs; special occaisions are even better, such as a holiday. We last went for Mother's Day and I was very impressed with the freshness of everything and how organized they were handling the crowds.

    The Palliser in Calgary does a decent one, not as many choices as the Banff Springs, but still very good. Both Fairmont hotels take a credit card no. now, and charge if you cancel too late. They also call the day before to confirm. I guess a sign of the times.

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      marcopolo RE: sweeterpea Dec 1, 2008 02:46 PM

      If you're looking for something almost as good as the banff springs but a bit easier on the wallet, i'd recommend the Banff Park Lodge. be sure to call ahead to make reservations, it can book up quickly. It's not quite as oppulent, but it as everything you would want, omelettes, seafood, desserts, choco fountain, roast beef, etc...

      in Calgary, Trader's Grill at the Marriott is a decent value brunch as well.

    2. ybnormal RE: sleepycat Dec 1, 2008 01:58 PM

      Hard finding a reasonable buffet that isn't priced out of this world.

      The Executive Royal Inn has a pretty good Sunday buffet - roast beef, turkey or ham, crepes to order, omelettes to order, mussels, seafood, and more. Milk & white chocolate fountains. For about $22. Its not the Banff Springs, but good variety.

      1. maplesugar RE: sleepycat Dec 2, 2008 06:21 AM

        Thompson's at the Hyatt. Make reservations and go on a Sunday. Bonus: park underground at the Hyatt and Thompson's validates http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hot...

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          kewkc RE: sleepycat Dec 4, 2008 06:01 AM

          I'm a fan of Smuggler's Inn in Calgary, price is affordable at $15 a person, and the food is quite good. Not as huge a selection as the Palliser (which btw has some amazing desserts to go with brunch) - but Smuggler's does have a great omelete station.

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            kritafo RE: kewkc Dec 4, 2008 07:07 AM

            I am not a fan of this brunch anymore. Once upon a time in was one of the best in town, now they don't even do prime rib for it anymore.

            Delta Lodge Kananaskis is wonderful. Regardless the Wedding Pavilion Brunch will soon start again in Jan, has anyone been?

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            jenn_g RE: sleepycat Dec 4, 2008 06:57 AM

            I'm a big fan of the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis for a special brunch. They have the option of a breakfast buffet or a full brunch buffet. I always go for the latter, as the selection is much broader - lots of salads, cheese, candied trout, smoked fish, the usual breakfast items, waffles with warm berry sauce, omeletes made to order, a carving station, a variety of mains and plenty of dessert options too. Cost is around $30 for full menu. Not sure on the breakfast only portion.

            The restaurant has lots of windows and is surrounded by forest, so the view is beautiful, - especially in the winter. There are some paved trails behind the property which offer some spectacular views of the valley. Perfect for a little exercise after feasting!

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              sweeterpea RE: jenn_g Dec 4, 2008 05:04 PM

              When CP Hotels owned the Lodge at Kananaskis, the brunch was amazing. We went this past summer and the brunch was disappointing. Cold roast chicken that was as tough as leather, some kind of weird eggs benny -- I think it was candied salmon? Now, the dinners are very good at the dining room, just did not like brunch.

              We tend to do buffet brunch a fair amount as our family ranges from Grandma and Grandpa to our little chub chub who is 2 years old. Our top picks are the Hyatt and the Palliser, and really, the Banff Springs is worth the price. Banff Park Lodge is pretty good too.

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              makan2 RE: sleepycat Dec 4, 2008 06:39 PM

              The Coast Hotel has a good brunch buffet - free flowing juice and coffee, omelette station, eggs benedict, roast meat usually beef, cold cuts, smoked salmon, mussels, hot entrees, breakfast items, a long dessert table with a chocolate fountain for dipping fruits and marshallows, and this wonderful flambe dessert, found next to the omelette station.

              Give it a try! BTW, Seniors get a discount.

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                maplesugar RE: makan2 Dec 4, 2008 09:08 PM

                ...and a piano which when it's played at forte will make you want to scream. AFAIK that buffet you describe runs Sundays, there's a scaled down version Saturdays. Don't get me wrong, I like the food, I just prefer to be able to hear the person across from me - I ask to sit as far away from the piano as possible. :)

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                  Lainey1978 RE: maplesugar Jan 4, 2009 11:32 AM

                  I love the Coast Plaza's brunch. I've been to it a lot, and I've never been to it when anyone was playing the piano. That would annoy me, too, but may I ask how long ago this was? Seriously, not once have they played the piano when I was there.

                  I love the flambe...

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                    maplesugar RE: Lainey1978 Jan 4, 2009 09:10 PM

                    2-3 months ago now I think...and I like their brunch too just the piano drove me to distraction. Maybe the piano player was "downsized" since we were there last? If so it'd be a definite improvement.

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                      chewy_bakah RE: Lainey1978 Jan 6, 2009 08:09 PM

                      is that the Coast Plaza in the NE?

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                        maplesugar RE: chewy_bakah Jan 6, 2009 09:32 PM

                        Yes, the one on 33rd St NE. Last time I was there so was the baby grand, but no one was playing.

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                          makan2 RE: maplesugar Sep 7, 2009 09:34 AM

                          Whenever I've gone, there's been no piano playing.

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                  KitchenScraps RE: sleepycat Dec 5, 2008 04:48 PM

                  I love going to the Ranche for brunch, the restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious. They do all of their baking in house so try the apple fritters! The service is excellent as well, I wouldn't limit this restaurant to a brunch visit. I have dined there for company functions and the meals were lovely.

                  1. anonymoose RE: sleepycat Dec 8, 2008 09:32 AM

                    The Chateau Louis in Edmonton has a Sunday brunch and a Sunday evening Ukrainian buffet. Usually decent food and the perogies are always excellent.

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                      LLcoolC RE: sleepycat Jan 2, 2009 10:44 PM

                      Priddis Greens Golf Course has an amazing brunch buffet. Good quality and selection. I seem to remember it being a bit expensive.

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                        chewy_bakah RE: sleepycat Sep 7, 2009 07:47 AM

                        Do any of these places do brunch on holiday mondays?

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                          maplesugar RE: chewy_bakah Sep 7, 2009 09:46 AM

                          Sounds like an excellent idea but I have no clue... my suggestion would be to make some calls.

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                          Vegmaster RE: sleepycat Sep 10, 2009 04:11 PM

                          The brand new Raj Palace in downtown Calgary has an excellent all you can eat Sunday brunch from 10am-3pm

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